The following Scottish bricks were found by Consuelo Bravo Antúnez in the heart of the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Atacama Desert was a huge source of sodium nitrate (saltpetre) which was mined on a large scale until the early 1940s. The UK imported many many shiploads of the saltpetre and it appears they supplied many…
Lassodie Brickworks, Braehead, Fife aka Kelty Brickworks.
(Note – SBH – As you can see I have very little information on the Lassodie Brickworks. If anyone can add ANY information to this post then please get in touch. Bonus points awarded for anyone that comes up with a relevant brickmark).
1944 – 1969 – Map. This is the location of the brickworks but they are not marked.
Feb 1963 – Lassodie Brickworks – Ernest Abram (Brickworks) Ltd. is a new company to sponsor the construction of a kiln in Fife, to produce high-quality facings etc from the high-quality clay available. 30,000 per day, floor area 24000 ft2.
Late 1960’s – 1978 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that the Caledonian Brick Company were the owners. (Note – SBH – This date range does not sit comfortably with teh information below)
Below – 24/11/1971 – The Glasgow Herald – Abram found not guilty of embezzlement.
06/11/1973 – Edinburgh Gazette – Change of name – Fife Brick Company Limited (formerly Ernest Abram (Brickworks) Limited.
30/11/1973 – Birmingham Daily Post – Pope and Pearson—After proposed acquisitions from Coltness group of Coltness Brickworks and Ernest Abram (Brickworks), profit for the enlarged group for 17 months ending 31/12/73, of £240,000 including acquisitions for 6 months is forecast. Annualised profits would be £280,000. Final of 1.16666 p net making a total equal to 2.45416 p gross for 17 months forecast, but in a normal financial year and assuming profits of £280,000 dividends of 2.8 p net equal to 4p gross forecast.
1978 – 1980 – The 1985 publication ‘A survey of Scottish brickmarks’ suggests that the Scottish Brick Corporation were the owners.
21/02/1980 – Scottish Brick Corporation branded letterhead gives a reference to a former employee who had just been made redundant at the SBC ‘Kelty Brickworks (Lassodie). The works were closed “due to a downturn in orders through the construction industry”.
Below – Site of the Lassodie Brickworks.
Below – Letterhead for Earnest Abram (Brickworks Ltd) Braehead, Lassodie, Dunfermline.
Ernest Abram Brickworks Ltd Lassodie
Ernest Abram – Managing Director
Mrs W Abram – Secretary
Edward C Abram